A quick message to let all your readers know that I have had a problem with my computer for the last week. It did not appear to be serious however when searching the Internet it would never go directly to the site I clicked on but rather to another search site. It never appeared to be malicious. When I would shut down my GMAIL it would open many GOOGLE sites and then tell me it could not shut down my GMAIL until all the sites were closed.
At no time would it allow me to update my SPYBOT or AVG nor would it allow me to load FIREFOX or any safe browser. I tried to load SPYSWEEPER and it buried it on my hardrive and would not let me access it.
I purchased Norton Antivirus and Spy ware, loaded it and did the live update.... it was still running 16 hours later.... it was in a continuous loop.
I read on Yahoo News, as I said earlier everything appeared to work normal, that there was a new virus/worm that had similar symptoms and was really vicious. Yahoo directed you to a Microsoft site that had a malware remover that would search and destroy the worm. When I tried to download the malware remover the system would not work. It refused to go to the Microsoft site. Again this is a symptom, it sets up its own defense.
I have switched computers and downloaded the malware tool as well as loaded Norton Antivirus. live update was completed in a heartbeat. No worm was found by the malware tool so I am up and running normally.